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Behind the scenes of ITV's new drama Grantchester

Tessa Peake-Jones and James Norton. Photo:

A group of villagers in Cambridgeshire will be watched by millions of viewers when ITV's new drama Grantchester premieres tonight.

Locals were recruited as extras to act alongside stars James Norton and Robson Green in the six-part mystery series about a vicar-turned-sleuth.

The real village of Grantchester was the obvious location to film many of the scenes. Villagers' homes were temporarily transformed into scenes of crimes but any modern touches like double glazing had to be disguised because the series is set in the 1950s.

The villagers too were given make-overs to get into character. Anne Oldham from Suffolk was the make-up and hair designer.

Anne Oldham from Suffolk was the make-up and hair designer.

"This is very close to when the war finished and things like home perms came in. Much shorter hair really than people remember, lots of little pixie cuts and things like that. Really off the shoulder."

– Anne Oldham, Make-up and Hair Designer
Robson Green plays Geordie, the detective.

Robson Green plays Geordie, the detective who strikes up an unlikely relationship with the vicar, Sidney Chambers.

"Initially my character doesn't like the fact the Sidney is imposing himself on my cases and I tell him in no uncertain terms to go back to church and pray for the wicked but I realise that I can use him during the cases because people feel they can talk to Sidney."

– Robson Green
The drama is set in the 1950s.
Tessa Peake-Jones plays the housekeeper of the vicarage.

Actress Tessa Peake-Jones plays the housekeeper of the vicarage, who keeps a disapproving eye on the young vicar.

"At the same time they've got this rather nice banter. He sort of asks for it like a little boy and then gets cross when he gets told off!"

– Tessa Peake-Jones

Martin Huckle, who was one of the extras, is excited to see the mystery unravel.

"We hope people will tune in and watch it and we'll get some good feedback."

– Martin Huckle, Extra

The first episode of Grantchester is on ITV1 tonight at 9pm.

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